At a time when much contemporary SF seems to be about tomorrow, Greg Benford has put together a superb collection of five original novellas about the Far Future, when the Earth, or even the Universe itself, is vastly older, maybe even at the end of its life. Every one brilliantly evokes the scope of immense age and size, whilst still telling a good human story.
A collection of Benford novellas and short stories from the 1980s and 90s. Some of these depict well the sheer incomprehensible alienness of the aliens, from the nomadic Chupchups in "World Vast, World Various", to the electrical hexagons in "A Dance to Strange Musics". Generally good stuff, but nothing leaps out as extra special.
expansion of "Against the Fall of Night"
A landing party reaches the vast lands of this spinning world, only to be captured. But some escape the gigantic inhabitants to seek answers to what this place means. Who built it? Where? When? Why?
Their discoveries transform human understanding of our universe and imperil our destiny.
To survive they must escape the alien inhabitants known as the Folk. What they discover along the way will transform the way mankind understands its place in the universe.